What's News: June 15, 2017

A Philippine Air Force helicopter launching a rocket as government troops continued their assault on Marawi yesterday.
A Philippine Air Force helicopter launching a rocket as government troops continued their assault on Marawi yesterday.PHOTO: REUTERS
Visit Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park from July 1 to Aug 5 to get immersed in an art wonderland featuring 20,000 planks painted by 15,000 people.
Visit Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park from July 1 to Aug 5 to get immersed in an art wonderland featuring 20,000 planks painted by 15,000 people.ST PHOTO: LIAN SZU-JIN

TOP OF THE NEWS

S'pore growth forecast raised

The Monetary Authority of Singapore's latest quarterly survey of private sector economists showed that they expect stronger economic growth this year, due mainly to a brighter global outlook.

Growth is expected to come in at 2.5 per cent for this year, up from the 2.3 per cent forecast in the previous survey.


TOP OF THE NEWS

The young and radicalised

Most Singaporeans who have been radicalised by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria were younger than 30, Acting Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean said yesterday.

In his speech, he stressed the importance of young people receiving guidance from family, friends and religious leaders.


WORLD

Destroying Marawi to save it

As the siege of the southern Philippine city of Marawi enters its fourth week, more than 200 people have lost their lives and much of the city lies in ruins. The Philippine military appears to have adopted a strategy of destroying the city to save it, conducting bombing runs at least twice a day.


WORLD

May yet to seal deal with DUP

Since the Conservatives lost their majority in Parliament last week, no deal has yet been struck between Prime Minister Theresa May and the Democratic Unionist Party to prop up her minority government. But Brexit talks would begin as planned next Monday, said Mrs May.


OPINION

Health e-records need care

The private sector's lack of participation in the National Electronic Health Record system has drawbacks for patients and the quality of care. Concerns about patient confidentiality need to be addressed, writes senior health correspondent Salma Khalik.


HOME

Coding school shuts down

Byte Academy Singapore, a New York-headquartered programming school specialising in financial technology courses, has closed its doors. Just five months ago, it expanded to Singapore, with big ambitions of plugging the gap in tech talent here.


HOME

Kalms tries out new concept

Even though the gift chain Kalms shut its last four stores last year, it remains in business. Since November, it has launched clusters of "automated retail machines" at seven locations, which have helped lower operating costs by about 70 per cent.


BUSINESS

More overseas building deals

More Singapore construction and consultancy firms ventured overseas in 2015, with the number of projects secured nearly doubling from the previous year, according to survey findings released by the Building and Construction Authority.


SPORT

England 'not good enough'

England national football team captain Harry Kane said that they were "not good enough", after they slumped to a 3-2 defeat by 10-man France in a friendly match at Stade de France on Tuesday. The loss shows how far they are from being considered as contenders for next year's World Cup in Russia.


LIFE

Art 'villages' in the Lion City

As part of PAssionArts Festival 2017, half of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park will be transformed into an art wonderland featuring various installations. This art "village" is one of 48 that will spring up for the festival, an annual nationwide arts event organised by the People's Association. It runs from July 1 to Aug 5 this year.


Straits Times Digital

WEB SPECIAL

Daddy's day

Don't know what to get dad for Father's Day? Here are 10 geeky gifts, like the Final Fantasy XV game. str.sg/geekgifts

VIDEO

Meals in machines

It is food on the go for commuters at Ang Mo Kio MRT station with the opening of a vending machine cafe. str.sg/vendcafe

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